Philadelphia Dutch Butter Lettuce

Lactuca sativa

A striking, speckled, old Pennsylvania Dutch variety.

This beautiful Roughwood collection heirloom lettuce is one of the oldest recorded Pennsylvania Dutch varieties, dating from the 1700s. Known as Spotted Cabbage Lettuce in the eighteenth century this was once one of the most popular market lettuces sold by Pennsylvania Dutch farmers. Its tender, buttery leaves flecked with maroon will create a loose head about 12 inches in diameter.


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Sow indoors beginning 8-10 weeks before last frost, or direct sow beginning about 4 weeks before last frost. Harvest late spring and summer sowings promptly to beat bolting. Continue sowing until about 2 weeks before first fall frost. Lettuce likes steady (but not excessive) moisture and can become prematurely bitter during dry spells; keep irrigated for best-tasting leaves.

Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 55 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 to 18 inches
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches
Sun Preference Full to Little Sun

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